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Carrots and chicken patties

By on December 3, 2014

Carrots and chicken patties

Are do you deal with unexpected events in your life?  We are in our little routine and then we get thrown a curved ball. It’s not always easy to catch it.  I lost my job.  Wow, that was not planned.  Not at all.  One kid in day care, a mortgage and an emergency root canal.

Thankfully, within 10 days,  I found something else where I’m happier.   Let’s see what the future holds.  That was probably a blessing in disguise.  I hope.

After this happened, I just stopped blogging.  Why?  I lost my routine, my comfort, I did not know what to do about it.  Is my time well spend blogging?  Actually, it is.  The kitchen is my creative space, I try, I fail and I succeed.

Carrots and chicken patties

You never know how you will react and act in front a particular situation.   We always think that it happens to your neighbour but… don’t forget, you are somebody’s neighbour.

I bounced back, it’s a bump in the road and I did got a few lessons out of it… I’ll share them with you some day.  I learnt, I grew and got a few wake up calls.

On another note, those beautiful patties where not really meant to be either.  Unplanned but oh so good.  Unplanned is the best sometimes in the kitchen!  A few leftover: chicken, some rice and sad carrots.  Bingo!

Carrots and chicken patties

Of course, you add some cheese, cheese is love.  Ah ah, I sound like a commercial.  Also, I had some fresh parsley and I was really happy about a fresh herb added to it.  The sweet carrots seduced the kids and El Cubano.

I breaded the patties for some crunch and inside stayed moist and soft.  By the way, I baked them.  So much more healthier.  No regret, it was perfect.  It was kids and hubby approved.

The batch will be big enough for some lunch leftover.  Does it get any better than that?

Carrots and chicken patties

 So sorry, I abandonned the blog for so long… I missed it and above all I  missed you.  I guess the longer I was away, the harder it was to get back to it.  Anyway, I am back, although I was never gone.  But I’m still trying to find a balance.  Not easy, it’s new.

How do you cope with situations that change you all routine?

Carrots and chicken patties

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 patties

Ingredients

  • - 1/2 an onion or 1/2 a cup, minced
  • - 1/4 a cup of orange pepper, diced.
  • - 1 cup of mashed carrots (2 big carrots)
  • - 1 cup of shredded chicken mixed with 1 tablespoon of rosemary
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • - 1/2 a cup rice, cooked
  • - 1 cup of grated cheddar
  • - 2 to 3 cups of parmesan bread crumbs
  • - Olive oil

Instructions

  1. - In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs.
  2. - Make a ball the size of a golf ball, flatten it.
  3. - Roll it in the crumbs and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. - Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
  5. - Drizzle some olive oil on each patties
  6. - Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 380F
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7 tips to menu planning and money saving

By on October 2, 2014

Are you a superwoman or a superman?  Yeah, me neither! Ah.  I wish though, it would be nice and help on a daily basis!   Be a hero, save lives, fly or whatever my superpower would be…   Well, well, well…  Sorry to break it to you but none of it exists.

I have a question that I do get asked quite often though:  How you find time to blog (recipe testing, photographing, editing and writing) and work full-time and 2 kids at home?  Mhh… Are you ready for the answer?  I don’t know.

7 tips menu planning

The blogging part, I am still trying to figure it out…  I am having a hard time sticking to a posting schedule and my will to sleep generally takes over anything.  I need to work on it, I know it, I will eventually figure out a rhythm that works better for me.

At home, scheduling my menu has helped us a lot: Listing meal for the week allows us to have a more relaxing week and buy smarter.  I have gathered a few tips that I hope will help you smoothing out your daily routine and wallet.

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Bread | Desserts and cookies

Classic French brioche

By on September 12, 2014

The sweet taste of the buttery pull apart bread is so irresistible.   You have one bite, you are still chewing that you go for the second bite already.  That good.  I love it for breakfast too, with some (more) butter spread on it and some fig jam from my Maman.

I would share the bread and I have, it was a success.   I made some more.  But the jam…. No no, not negotiable.  It is gold and strategically portion until the next French visits and can get some more for me from my mom.

Braided bread or brioche

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Kid friendly chili con carne and pinky promises

By on September 3, 2014

Funny enough, there is no chili in there, nothing spicy.   But how would you call it?  See, it is like a chili but without chili peppers or chili flakes.   Really it is like one…   Only without the main ingredient!  Oh, I am loving my monologue, I feel like in an episode of Seinfeld or something!

Back to this perfect recipe for this end of summer and back to school, it’s an amazing juicy meaty dish that you can enjoy in a bowl in front of TV or at the diner table with your kids with a tortilla crepe.  The next day, pack it for your lunch at work and for your kid’s school lunch!

chili con carne

Some cheese like cheddar compliments that chili perfectly!  Shredded or a good chunck, your pick!  At home, the kids love a long string of melted cheese hanging for their mouth to the plate!  Well, not just the kids.

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A quick dinner with some leftovers, just another tired human!

By on March 17, 2014

Right eh?  Aren’t we all?  Some days, I am all creative and inspired in the kitchen and some others… I am just a busy mom with a full-time job, 2 kids, a husband and a house to keep up in order.  Some days I am just tired and I don’t want to bother too much… Please don’t let me hang there, tell me you can relate.  Yes you do.

Winter has been tough this year, which means that the kiddos exchange all sorts of germs at the day care.  And one mini-superman gets sick, little-princess takes over… that is on average 6 awful nights and long evenings.  You see where I am getting at?  An easy dinner is well deserved. Eventually some vacations too.

The leftover I am talking about today is picadillo, the ground beef, cuban style.

Leftover picallo

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